Vatican 'miracle' criteria revealed
July 14, 2013 | 4 comments
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The Miracle Commission sifts through thousands of claims a year in their search for new miracles.
[!gad]In order for someone to become a Saint they must have two miracles attributed to them after they have died and it is the job of the Miracle Commission to decide which claims qualify for this. According to their criteria, a person who is suffering from a critical illness for example would need to go on to recover after being told that they have no chance of survival in order for it to be considered a miracle. To decide who the miracle should be attributed to the commission examines who the afflicted had prayed to prior to their recovery.
"99.9 percent of these are medical miracles," said Michael O'Neill who runs a miracles website. "They need to be spontaneous, instantaneous and complete healing. Doctors have to say, 'We don't have any natural explanation of what happened.'"
In the Catholic religion, saints are people who are in heaven with God. Though many more people may be in heaven and technically saints, those deemed official saints of the church are ones that the Catholic church knows are in heaven.
Source: Discovery News
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